PERSEVERANCE TOUR 2013 COMPILATION (Malevolence Records)

 

                                    (Review by Stefan)

On July 20-2013, the seventh edition of Belgian based Metal Over Oostrozebeke (MOO) festival took place at JH ‘T Ipperste. Both organizers Benny and Marino are Metal defenders to the core for decades, this year the bill of MOO headlined with a Metallica Tribute band named Meclassica, also Belgian Thrash Metal band Sanity’s Rage, Emperors of Decay and more were added to the line-up. In 2012, US Bay Area thrashers Kaos had the honor to headlining the festival. Spanish melodic Death Metal band Absentia, Dutch Thrashcore act T.C.F and German Classic thrashers Septic Christwere the most interesting troops ready to take command on stage. I wasn’t personally present but while watching the pictures as posted right HERE, no doubt about that the heat was on for sure.

 

Benny and Marino from MOO came in touch with Nathan McLeod, CEO of US based record company Malevolence Records… one led to another and the bond between them grew stronger and stronger. In association with MOO, Malevolence Records released the compilation “European Tour Sampler 2012” featuring songs from bands walked the stage back then. This good cooperation led to a widening of the feedback last year and the same happened for the 2013 edition of MOO as well. Once again, Nathan from Malevolence showed his generous heart and released a second compilation entitled “Perseverance 2013”. Check out the following songlist including links to visit their homepages:

 

1. Mad At Sam (CA-USA) - DC (District Of Criminals) ( www.madatsamoakland.com )
2. Aegror(Germany) – Behind Walls & 3. Prophecy (
info@aegror.de )
4. Sanity's Rage (Belgium) - Once You Cross & 5. Taste Of Decay (
www.sanitysrage.com/ )
6. T.C.F. (Holland) - Mean Machine (
www.facebook.com/thrashcorefanatics )
7. Leave Scars (Belgium) - The Arrival & Trapped  (
www.facebook.com/Leave.Scars )
9. Ulysses Siren (CA-USA) - Justifiable Homicide (
www.malevolence-records.us/ )
10. KAOS (CA-USA)- Blood Red Eyes (
www.kaosamongus.com )
11. X-tinXion (Holland) - The Divine (
www.x-tinxion.nl )

 

The first mentioned band Mad At Sam seem not to be my alley, too much hardcore influenced, next band in line Aegor deliver a nice shot of melodic Black/Death Metal, sometimes flirting with progressive elements. Not exactly my favourite taste of music, still the band knows how to please me in some ways. Our small and little country Belgium are represented by BIG calibre Thrash Metal acts named Sanity’s Rage and Leave Scars. Damn, these guys are really good due to they’re both fully inspired by the almighty forces of Bay Area Thrash Metal scene. Will get in touch with these guys real soon and spread their word with pleasure, they deserve it anyway!

 

T.C.F. (Thrashcore Fanatics) plays as their name suggests, Thrash with Hardcore influences and believe me on my word, they’re good ! Our neighbours from The Netherlands are here to introduce the female fronted Thrash Metal band X-TinXion and blew me away without mercy. Never heard this band before and that’s a shame. They play just like in the good old days of Bay Area Thrash Metal (Evildead, Dark Nagel, Vio-lence, Sadus and stuff). Full speed, total aggression, quite technical… great band !

 

The most praise from my heart goes out to both Bay Area acts Kaos and Ulysses Siren. Kaos is (or was?) a superb Thrash Metal band but allow me to speak for myself, Ulysses Siren was and still is one of my favourite 80s US Thrash bands. Take pen and paper by the hand and mark that October 2013 as the release date for these guys’ brand new album entitled “Justifiable Homicide”. Hearing only one song, more specifically the titletrack of the new album, I’m sure that this effort will be one of the most impressive Thrash Metal albums released in 2013. Still great vocals and awesome, high-speed velocities that’ll break your neck… hope to hear the complete album real soon. Awaiting to that moment, I started an in depth interview with Bassist/guitarist Jon Torres which will be published soon.

 

Take a good look at Malevolence Records’ entire list of so far released products, including the brandnew album of Bay Area thrashers Ulysses Siren… do it by hitting THIS spot. What’s stopping you to order from this potential label? More info at: http://www.malevolence-records.us/ and  don’t forget to visit the Facebook page of Metal Over Oostrozebeke festival as well. Order Perseverance 2013 compilation digitally via CDBABY right HERE.

 

My Points: 86 / 100

 

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95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !

 

Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan

 

Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it

 

Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing

 

Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate

 

Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard

 

50- : Rubbish